1050 CHUM

Gerry Forbes, 1050 CHUM Toronto | October 18-19, 1988

Date of Recording: October 18-19, 1988 Contributor: Russ Horton Station: 1050 CHUM Toronto Featured Air Talent: Gerry Forbes, Greg Lee (Jocks), Paul Cross (News), Mary Garafallo (Traffic), Robby Evans (Weather) Aircheck Entry: 1,402 Comments: If there was any doubt that AM radio was still vibrant and strong in 1988, at least in Canada, this should remove all of it. For any who may not be familiar with 1050 CHUM, this was one of two very successful Top 40 stations in the city of Toronto on the AM dial. Primarily in the 1960s and 1970s, CHUM and 680 CFTR duked it out for ratings superiority as both churned out the hit songs every hour for many decades. By the 1980s, music on AM was on the decline, eclipsed by the success of FM CHR formats in the United States. But in Canada, AM hung on, in p...

Jackson Armstrong, 1050 CHUM Toronto | 1967

Perhaps it was the PAMS signature jingles, the incredible music, the enormous audience or just the mystique surrounding this radio station. But for a time in the 1960s and 70s, no other station in Toronto touched its listeners the way 1050 CHUM did. One of radio’s greats is featured on this worn but wonderful aircheck. The late Jackson Armstrong, complete with the Gorilla and the future “world’s fastest talking human” by the Guiness Book of World Records (1973), blows through this 12 1/2 minutes of Top 40 magic so fast that one can barely understand what he’s saying! Armstrong would slow down (a little) by the time he got to 64 KFI Los Angeles in the 1980s, but here, his jaws are going at light-speed! Aircheck #1,346 since May 2, 2002!

Jim Van Horn, 1050 CHUM Toronto | September, 1977

Courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks, here’s a snippet of 1050 CHUM in the salad days of late 70s AM Top 40. Its right after Labor Day weekend so we can nail the date of this recording down to early September, 1977. This is Jim Van Horn, a jock with big pipes and a big city sound to his presentation. The aircheck is a bit choppy and not altogether the best audio quality, but we restored it the best we could. And remember, even though its 1977, the FM Rock stations were nipping at the heels of AM radio. But CHUM soldiered on, playing contemporary music until 1989, when on Sept. 1, the station went Oldies, then Sports some twelve years later. Sports was so successful (not), that CHUM returned to Oldies on 8/27/02. That would last until 3/26/09 when CHUM decided to ditch all music and local ...

MicroChexx: 1050 CHUM Toronto, First Day as Gold-Based AC | June 6, 1986

What follows is all that could be salvaged from two sides of a C-60 cassette featuring music from the first day of the then-new AC format at 1050 CHUM. We don’t feature the music on this website, but endeavor to bring you as much of the radio station’s imaging, the ‘sound between the records’, so to speak. What happened here is, the person who recorded this obviously was recording for the music, and in a twist of opposites of what we do at airchexx, cut out all the format items in between these songs, except for the two instances you hear in this under one minute recording. Wikipedia has a page dedicated to 1050 CHUM. The format change to this is explained as follows: By the mid-1980s, CHUM had lost ground in the Toronto ratings to competitor Top 40 station CFTR and...

Jackson Armstrong, 1050 CHUM Toronto Composite 1968-69

Canada, as the United States, had it’s ‘golden Top 40’ age during the 1960s and 70s, and perhaps no other Canadian radio station had greater success with the format than Toronto’s 1050 CHUM. Imagine, a radio station that had so much success as a music station that it launched its own music company. Perhaps all that stemmed from the format’s early flirtations with payola, but CHUM, Ltd. exerted an enormous influence on pop music’s major artists – at least in Canada. And went on to be the biggest Top 40 station north of the border! Featured here, is a composite of various recordings of a man known as the fastest mouth on radio! The late Jackson Armstrong (WKBW, WPOP, KFI, others) roars to life in this composite from 1968-69 and proves beyond a shadow...

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